How to Make a DIY Greenhouse | I Like To Make Stuff

How to Make a DIY Greenhouse | I Like To Make Stuff

We helped Josh’s wife make a DIY Greenhouse with help from Lowe’s. It was a fun & challenging build, but Lowe’s is the perfect partner to help you finish your fall projects and
get back to enjoying what matters. Look below for everything we used in this project!

TOOLS & SUPPLIES (affiliate links):
Sunlite Polycarbonate Sheets:
Brown Engineered Panel Siding:
Tuftex 6mm H Channel:
National Hardware Spring Hinges:
Kreg Accu-Cut:
30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner:
Bostitch Framing Nailer:
DeWalt 20-volt Circular Saw:
DeWalt 20-volt Jigsaw:
DeWalt Drill & Driver Combo:
DeWalt Miter Saw:
Union Washer Wood Screws:
Keter Shelving Unit:
Accord Ventilation Register:
AcuRite Digital Thermometer:


Josh’s wife is really into gardening and planting beautiful greenery leading to her desire for a greenhouse. This way, she can keep her plants alive during the winter months and incubate some new plants so they’re ready for the spring.

Josh began the design with a 3d model in Fusion 360. We got our bill of materials and the cut list then headed to our local Lowe’s to get the supplies to begin framing the structure. I chose to use pressure treated lumber for this exterior addition to resist the moisture and humidity that may build up inside the greenhouse. Using Josh’s measurements, we nailed together the floor and added the front and back wall studs.

Before adding a structure to your yard, you may chose to grate and level the area beforehand. Josh didn’t want to tear up the yard, and here in Kentucky, the clay is super hard. In lieu of digging into the ground to level it, we chose to level the floor frame by adding 2×4 posts semi-driven into the ground. This way, Josh and i could level the floor and nail it to those posts along the span of the greenhouse. Now that we had a level surface to work from, we continued to build out the frame by connecting the front and back studs and then connecting those two walls with some ceiling joists.

For the greenhouse floor, Josh wanted something that could resist any standing water that would fall down from the plants. We found some engineered siding panels at Lowe’s that are weather-resistant and come in large, 4′ x 8′ sheets. These panels are only 3/8″ thick, so we added another layer of pressure treated 1/2″ plywood to ensure the floor was strong enough to walk on. We fit three of these double-layered panels on top of the floor frame, making sure to cut around the wall studs and secured them with screws.

For the greenhouse’s exterior, it is possible to simply cover the bare frame with the clear polycarbonate sheets, but because of this greenhouse’s size, that would take more than the 10 panels we allotted for this project. We had to order the sheets from and the came in a pack of 10. So rather than sacrificing the size of the greenhouse, Josh got creative and added a decorative element to the outside that helped use less polycarbonate.

We decided to use the cutoffs of the engineered, exterior sheeting to make a skirting of wood panels that wrapped around the greenhouse. To cover any seams and to give the element some definition, Josh cut up some 1×4 trim pieces that really set the decorative element apart. It looked really nice and flowed super well with the overall design. Again, these step is optional, but it does look fantastic and it helps save on the more expensive material later.

At this point in the project, we have a nice looking frame of a greenhouse. To make it functional as a greenhouse, we need a way to trap the radiant heat from the sun inside the structure. We found many ways to do this from using reclaimed windows, rolls of plastic tarp pulled tight, glass panes, and sheets of acrylic.

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  1. Thanaja Kumaravelu on October 2, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I love it’s

  2. Keiichi879 on October 2, 2021 at 8:01 am

    What was the name of the type of plastic they used?

  3. Grafting Tactick on October 2, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Perfect timing, I am just looking to build my green house. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful vidπŸ‘ŒπŸŒ²πŸŒ΄πŸƒπŸŒ±πŸŒΏβ˜˜

  4. CIA_Toxic Doge on October 2, 2021 at 8:03 am

    I think Lowe’s likes when they come in because they all ways buy alot

  5. Li Shang on October 2, 2021 at 8:07 am


  6. randhawa randhawa on October 2, 2021 at 8:08 am


  7. Gordon D on October 2, 2021 at 8:11 am

    I noticed he used screws instead of nails for the flooring is there a reason for this? I’m extremely novice and never built anything with wood so trying to get an idea on why that was done if anyone can chime in

  8. Spring Leaf Engineering on October 2, 2021 at 8:11 am

    how is the green house now ?. I would like to see how it’s functioning, how poli-carbanate sheets are so and so. Thanks

  9. andrew ashdown on October 2, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Prima facie this looks an attractive and simple solution but …
    1. The prodigal scatter-gun use of a nail gun is a lesson in how not to do carpentry
    2. The whole weight of the structure is supported not – as you might think – by the main uprights but by nails bashed into the base horizontal, in turn nailed to the short base uprights – a recipe for collapse
    3. The choice of wood is wrong for outdoors
    4. The use of plastic glass (or whatever) is OK for the sides but not the roof – does it ever rain there?
    5. Nailing-in the plastic glass across the frame rather than slotting it in (except at the bottom) is just – unbelievably crude
    6. Steps are missed out in the video – why make a video at this level and miss out steps?
    7. The tools available and the workspace are at professional level, way beyond the average domestic set-up – a feature BTW of almost all videos on YouTube
    In sum: you have this complacent ‘isn’t this just so easy, so wonderful’ verbal going on but what is actually happening behind the spiel is second-rate – sorry

  10. June Ramirez on October 2, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Nice job!

  11. Johnny Dynamite on October 2, 2021 at 8:14 am

    I like the simple straightforward build, but I’d like to see how this behaves in heavy rain, those cut-out flaps with no jint at all and no water barrier where the roof meets the wall. Depending on how one uses a greenhouse a few leaks here and there might no t be an issue but I’d go with some kind of camping car window vent for the top vent, with a silicone joint, and waterproof membrane to stop water from running down the house wall. And a little add-on that’s nice for anyone with a greenhouse, a gutter that feeds a water collector, to water the plants, even heat them if you put it inside(black tank heats up in the sun, and reeases heat at night )

  12. CLARA MATERUM on October 2, 2021 at 8:16 am

    What material is used to cover the roof?

  13. teknophyle1 on October 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

    lol. so distracted by that cable run.

  14. pretta Irakoze on October 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Great comments including by professionals – hope you consider them despite any additional cost they may cause. May I have your phone No please. I have a business idea to propose.

  15. Bill Hooven on October 2, 2021 at 8:18 am

    A gravel and cement brick is better due to the amount of water used

  16. Li Shang on October 2, 2021 at 8:18 am


  17. I Like To Make Stuff on October 2, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Answer to common comments:
    1. The 2×4 legs won’t settle much here. Our red clay doesn’t move much once it’s settled, and this is a high point of the yard so it drains well and never gets saturated.
    2. All wood was pressure treated, rated for ground contact, so rot is many, many years away.
    3. There is a small air gap between the walls and the side of the house.
    4. The garage (not temperature controlled) is on the other side of that exterior wall.

  18. DmanMisfitsfan on October 2, 2021 at 8:20 am

    You might as well have built a screened in porch or storage shed. Especially the durability and high cost in materials.
    This was a bit rediculous.
    Also the wood foundation only being held by screws is not wise. This will also cause rotting floors, mold, and rotting on the house.
    I’m sure he charged a fortune too.

  19. Casi D on October 2, 2021 at 8:21 am

    I can say by experience, the polycarbonate panels will be destroyed in first hail storm!

  20. Van Go on October 2, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Nice 80!

  21. Alto's Music Lab on October 2, 2021 at 8:22 am

    wow I want to see the full thing a little more BEFORE i watch the video….. this ain’t what I wanted thumb down for making click thru to the picture

  22. Schawn on October 2, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Here in nj, as soon as it touches the house it needs permits as it’s seen as a addition. But if it stands by itself none are needed.

  23. Davide Marchi on October 2, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Water makes wood degradating fast, you have to waterproof that wood

  24. T_ Jackson515 on October 2, 2021 at 8:25 am

    This is more of a sunroom than a greenhouse. A wood floor will not last in an actual greenhouse, no matter what type of wood you use. There also doesn’t seem to be any type of true foundation. The design is beautiful, no question, but I don’t think it is functional as a green house. No plumbing, proper drainage, humidity/temp control, etc. For the price they likely paid for the materials, especially the plexiglass panels, which will cost about $80-$160 per each sheet, they would have been by far better off hiring a professional or even purchasing an actual greenhouse kit from Lowe’s or home depot. Again, it’s beautiful, but I just have a feeling it will turn out to be a very expensive mistake, starting with the foundation and floor.

  25. Tech Guy on October 2, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Lowes didn’t show a way to order the twin wall polycarbonate panels to the store.

  26. Ishrat satter on October 2, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Where do get same plastic sheet cheep price for green house uk

  27. Endoe Kronic on October 2, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Idiot doesn’t know grass keeps growing!!

  28. Pao Xiong on October 2, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Could these plastic sheets handle snow loads?

  29. Zero Cool on October 2, 2021 at 8:29 am

    just word of advice for anyone new to diy construction: few things will dull your blade faster than running it in dirt. Cut on saw horses or a foam insulation board.

  30. kaysniper on October 2, 2021 at 8:31 am

    skimped out on the vent : (

  31. Christopher on October 2, 2021 at 8:32 am

    too bad the floor will rot out very quickly size you were too lazy to put down a cpl patio stones

  32. DJ MX on October 2, 2021 at 8:39 am

    I noticed you did not apply any sealer or weather proofing on the wood, id hate to see the wood decay on this project a few years down the road.

  33. Jim Tocci on October 2, 2021 at 8:40 am

    One hinge is attached to the frame of the door, the other on the composite siding, this door will not open properly.

  34. nukestrom on October 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

    So pretty.

  35. stuffluster on October 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I think it will rot within a couple years

  36. Libby Sevicke-Jones on October 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Good video. Here in New Zealand we have possums that love to raid our gardens. Pesky creatures were introduced into New Zealand from Australia for the fur trade but as we have no natural predators to keep these animals in control; they have breed to great numbers and are devastating our wild life, our orchards and gardens.
    I love the simplicity of your hot house design, but l will line with wire mesh to keep the possums out, and hang a screen door as l don’t have the skills to build a door.

  37. cgn on October 2, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Love it!!

  38. 63 on October 2, 2021 at 8:44 am

    he used plastic to make green house

  39. Lectric Kitty on October 2, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I thought all greenhouses had soil covered with pebbles for the floor.

  40. Tuan Dinh on October 2, 2021 at 8:49 am

    How roof hold up under snow?

  41. Blinks Bill on October 2, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I wish someone came to my house and built me a greenhouse. Hence why I looked up build greenhouse

  42. Lucas Chapman on October 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Termite heaven

  43. Kotni Krishna Chaitanya on October 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

    It’s funny to make green house with plastic and wood to grow small plants, that’s so ironically true.

  44. Mr.Ahmed Zaghloul on October 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Could you visit Egypt and make this design for me in Alexandria

  45. TanookiDylanCo on October 2, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Make a magidome instead holy crap overpriced

  46. Noble Thompson on October 2, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Random comment for the YouTube algorithm.

  47. Backyard Projects on October 2, 2021 at 8:58 am


  48. hnnnggh on October 2, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Some obviously bad decisions made with absolute confidence here

  49. B. Bailey on October 2, 2021 at 8:59 am

    i’m looking for something a whole lot simpler and cheaper to build, but it was really fun watching the video and admiring your skills and knowledge

  50. Bull Paxton on October 2, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Im sure this is a common comment but a couple of paver stones under those feet would go a long way…

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